Football is one of the most popular sports currently played in the world,
and also the one that requires tremendous physical effort on a regular
basis. Since football players need to use their legs heavily, knee injuries
are a common occurrence which can occur due to a number of different causes
while playing football. Consequently, football players are always vulnerable
to a number of injuries and in fact, football tops the list of, injuries
caused during the pursuit of sports.
Knee injuries can significantly shorten the playing career of football
players in addition to causing pain and suffering. Here are some of the
most common knee injuries that have been seen to affect people who play football.
Due to the high contact nature of the game of football and the intense
physical action that takes place, there is always a risk of players experiencing
trauma to legs and the knee. The knee joint is supported by four major
ligaments, with other smaller ones providing extra support. The lateral
and medial cruciate ligaments are less vulnerable to injury, and even
when injured, rarely need surgical treatment. The anterior and posterior
cruciate ligaments, on the other hand, can easily get injured. These injuries
reconstructive or restorative surgery and can have a harmful impact on the career of a football player.
Tendon injuries affecting the knee usually occur due to the wear and tear
caused by their overuse. The main tendon which connects the quadriceps
muscle to the knee bone is usually the one that is affected and in rare
cases the tendon tears as well. Tendon injuries usually heal slowly with
rest, pain relievers and targeted physical therapy.
Cartilage protects the ends of long bones during heavy activity and any
cartilage damage can be a sure reason for athletes to announce the end
of their careers. Wear and tear is a major cause for concern and for those
badly affected an orthopedic surgeon can recommend surgical repair to
bring relief and restore functionality to the knee.
The meniscus discs serve a number of different complex purposes and any
damage to them can cause pain and discomfort. Mostly affected by impact
damage and trauma, the meniscus promotes smooth operation of the tibia
and the femur. An injured meniscus is considered a serious sports injury
and affected athletes can get relief with the help of surgery, which usually
enables them to get back to the game after a few weeks of rehabilitation.
knee doctors at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide diagnosis and treatment for all kinds of
sports related injuries. For more information, visit them at 5757 Warren
Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034 or call